Not only that....but also

kachibi

Senior Member
Chinese
I wonder if I use "not only that" to start a sentence (in order to introduce the second example), must it be, according to grammar, followed by "but" or "but also"?

"John was a bad husband. He never mowed the lawn, and his wife was never satisfied in bed. Not only that, but when he started dealing drugs, his wife decided to leave him..."

Can it be simply:
"John was a bad husband. He never mowed the lawn, and his wife was never satisfied in bed. Not only that, when he started dealing drugs, his wife decided to leave him..."

P.S. Actually, is it normal/common/correct to use "not only that" to introduce the second example with few sentences?


Hope someone can answer my question each by each. Thanks a lot=D
 
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  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    You can use "Not only that ..." by itself, but it will be as an introduction to another item in a list, not an outcome.

    "John was a bad husband. He never mowed the lawn and he ever satisfied his wife in bed. Not only that, he peddled drugs to schoolchildren."

    You're putting together quite the little narrative, moving from grass to sheets to grass again.
     

    kachibi

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    thanks a lot copyright.
    indeed i want someone to answer my thread about "kind of/type of.." too.
    It will be great if you are free to teach me that=)
     
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